Maharaj claims South Africa's best figures since readmission

Maharaj claims South Africa's best figures since readmission

Maharaj claims South Africa's best figures since readmission

South Africa's Keshav Maharaj tries to stop a ball next to Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne.

At the break, South Africa trailed Sri Lanka by 319 runs on the first innings, with seven wickets in hand.

Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0, having won the first test by 278 runs.

Danushka Gunathilaka and Karunaratne completed their second half-centuries of the match putting together an opening partnership of 91 to go with their first innings effort of 116.

South Africa's batting struggles on its tour of Sri Lanka continued as it slumped to 19 for three at lunch on day two of the second cricket test at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds in Colombo on Saturday.

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Mathews made 71 before being dismissed by South Africa's left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj who finished with a 12-wicket match haul.

Offspinners Dilruwan Perera (4-40) and Dananjaya (5-52) shared nine wickets between them and veteran Rangana Herath claimed the 10th.

The hosts had resumed day two on 277-9 and got to 338 before Maharaj took the final wicket for the second best Test figures by a South African.

Those were the only two breakthroughs South Africa could manage, as Sri Lanka's batsmen negotiated testing spells from the opposition quicks and their lone frontline spinner.

Skipper Faf du Plessis top-scored for the tourists with a fluent 48, while Quinton de Kock contributed 32 as South Africa once again capitulated to the home side's slow bowlers and failed to reach the 150-mark in the series. Dananjaya remained unbeaten on 43.

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